If you don’t consider yourself a morning person, you’re not alone. Studies show that nearly 60% of Americans wake up groggy multiple times a week. For some of us, we wake up groggy every day of the week!
Don’t hit the snooze button. Hitting snooze denies you extra minutes in deeper, more restorative sleep stages and instead keeps you in the lighter ones. Instead, set your alarm for when you actually have to wake up. Then, put it on the other side of your bedroom so you’ll get out of bed to turn it off.
Don’t sleep in on the weekends. What?! Circadian rhythms reset every day, and sleeping for a few extra hours can throw it off and cause sluggishness when you try to wake. Instead of sleeping in, try a mid-afternoon nap, which is when people have a natural dip in their circadian rhythms.
Drink some water. Sounds simple, but drinking water can be really beneficial in the morning. Think about it – you probably haven’t had anything to drink in about eight hours! Going for too long without drinking anything can make you feel unmotivated and sluggish, which is the opposite of what you want to be in the morning.
If you’re looking for more useful morning tips, here’s a great place to start!